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Happy Friday!

I am soo ready for the weekend!

I don’t know why, but this week has just been exhausting for me and I need some rest. Plus, I failed to wake up the past 2 days and didn’t go to the gym because I felt so exhausted so I’ll be working out today through the weekend to make up for it. Cannot believe I did that, but lady problems ( if you know what I mean ) have made me sluggish and moody. Lol.

Anyway, onto better things!

Over a week ago, I was sent more goodies from the lovely May Lindstrom and I got so excited about it that I proceeded to spam my Instagram with overly excited photos of everything (and if you like that sort of thing, definitely follow me @StorybookBeauty !).

I received a full size of The Good Stuff Radiance Oil and a mini sample of The Clean Dirt Cleanser. The Clean Dirt Cleanser looks almost identical to the Problem Solver Mask (check the bottom of this post for a link to that review!) that I previously received from May Lindstrom, but slightly less potent (thank goodness) so there was less sneezing on my part when I actually went to use it. It comes in a dry powder form that you mix with a bit of water to form a paste and then massage into the skin.

If you want to see exactly how The Clean Dirt should be used, below is a video of May Lindstrom herself demonstrating!

I really enjoyed trying this little mini sample of The Clean Dirt out. It’s a great cleanser for those who love to have that totally deep cleansing effect without using an abrasive product because even though it’s a mixture of several clay powders, minerals, raw spices, and raw cacao powder, it’s still really gentle on the skin. Aside from the gentle powder ingredients, this cleanser also includes a very unique form of vitamin C which is activated when it hits water to help increase blood flow on the skin and encourage cell turnover. Vitamin C is also said to help improve collagen production, assist with blemishes and pigmentation, and generally improve the overall condition of the skin.

 It certainly helps to clean out the pores and I love that about it. For my combination skin, I still like to alternate between this and a more nourishing cleanser because my skin has been so dry, but this one cleans really well. The packaging is super luxurious and it smells nearly identical to the Problem Solver Mask – just like hot chocolate! Overall, I really like this cleanser and I think I might purchase the full size when it gets closer to Summer because it would really come in handy during the hot months when my skin inevitably gets super oily and somewhat clogged. I definitely recommend this to oily, combination (in Spring/Summer months) and acne prone skin types because I’ve found it to be especially beneficial at clearing my skin of breakouts, especially the annoyingly small white heads and blackheads. This cleanser has made a huge difference in the amount of blackheads on my nose area so, if you’re like me and have them on your nose or chin area, this can really help you clear up that situation!

You can learn more (and purchase, if you like!) about the Clean Dirt Cleanser – here.

Next up is this amazing multi-use oil, The Good Stuff Radiance Oil, which I have been loving!

Again, like all of the May Lindstrom products (at least the ones I’ve tried so far!), save for the Youth Dew, this one smells deliciously of chocolate! Yum!

I absolutely love chocolate so trying out these May Lindstrom products has been great, though I’ve been tempted to eat the products JUST KIDDING (please don’t eat them! Lol).

But really, The Good Stuff Radiance Oil really is Good Stuff. 

Aside from it’s amazing scent, the formula includes cocoa, rose, lavender and ylang ylang along with various plant oils and shimmery minerals to help relax and rejuvenate the senses while also healing and hydrating the skin. It does include a bit of translucent minerals that add shimmer to the oil itself, which I love, and coupled with the plant oils, this oil really helps hydrate the skin. I’ve used to all over, including on my face, the bath, and a few times in my hair (on the ends, that is) to excellent effect!

On the body, this is a no brainer – it smells incredible and makes your skin feel all soft and look super glowing. As advised, it is best used directly after a bath or shower when your skin is still damp as it will absorb the oils into your skin much more effectively and leave your skin really soft and supple. I felt a bit like Todd, the Vegan, in Scott Pilgrim V. the World ( kidding again ), but I really felt and looked healthily glowing. On the face, I felt like it almost gave my skin a mini faux glow that was really natural looking, yet made my skin look more flushed and hydrated. On my hair, I don’t really know that it did much except tame small flyaways, but the smell is so hypnotic that I loved having it infused into my wet hair because I could smell it all day thereafter. In the bath, it really helps soften skin and the scent is super relaxing and enjoyable.

really love this oil and I will definitely repurchase when I run out. Though the May Lindstrom products are not cheap, by any means, I really feel you do get good value for your money as The Clean Dirt and The Problem Solver Mask both come in dry form and will last you ages, literally. They all come in lovely, top quality glass bottles that look super chic on your bathroom counter, but more importantly, they actually work and they do so without using harmful, artificial ingredients.

To learn a bit more, check out this video of May Lindstrom using this oil below.

Otherwise, you can check out The Good Stuff Radiance Oil on her site – here.

You can see all of the May Lindstrom products – here.

Otherwise, they are also available on various natural beauty sites such as the Spirit Beauty Lounge or Being Content ( UK / Europe).

What’s Your Favorite Multi-Use Body Oil or Cleanser?

I’d love to know in the comments!

Wishing You All A Great Weekend!

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Max Green Alchemy Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil
Dry winter skin can really suck, especially when it’s coupled with irritation, redness, and flakiness, which is most of the time if not all. To keep my skin looking plump, hydrated and calm, I’ve taken to drawing up warm baths a few times a week and using this incredibly soothing bath oil by Max Green Alchemy – the Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil.

I’ve written a bit about Max Green Alchemy as I really love many, if not all, of their products. They are brilliant and made with organic, cruelty free, and wild crafted plant ingredients which seek to heal the skin from inside out and pretty much succeed in that effort, if you ask me. So, after reviewing this bath oil for about a month, it’s not really a surprise that I’d love this one too!

The scent of this bath oil is AMAZING and it really does soothe irritated and/or dry skin. The scent of it is exactly the same as their Skin Rescue Cream which I reviewed awhile back ( you can see that review – here ) and works just as well at calming skin inflammation as the cream, except without the added hydration you get from the cream. I get extremely dry skin come winter time and that dryness can easily turn into irritated, chapped skin which is not just horrible to look at, it can also be painful. This bath oil has helped me avoid that situation altogether and I am SO thankful!

Aside from being extremely effective at calming and hydrating skin, this bath oil is seriously relaxing. It smells incredible and the oil itself actually dissolves into the water rather than sitting on top of it like most oils do so it really envelops your skin in a cocoon of hydrating oil-infused bath water.

Lastly, one of my favorite things about this product ( and Max Green Alchemy products, in general ) is that fact that not only is this product effective, luxurious, and pleasant to use, but it also has an excellent ethical foundation to stand on. The ingredients are great, natural, cruelty free and the formulation leaves out typical nasties which can cause environmental or bodily harm so it’s really a product I can stand behind and I love that.

More Reasons to Love this Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil:

•” Pure organic botanic and essential oils calm, soothe and moisturize skin
• Supports the treatment of psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema
• Unique formula blends with bath water to infuse into skin
• Won’t leave nasty oil residue on the tub
• Steroid-free, paraben-free, petrochemical-free, GMO-free, lanolin-free, polysorbate-free, cruelty-free
• Enchanting non-medicinal aroma of organic chamomile and neroli
• Contains many certified organic ingredients
• 100% plant origin”

You can check out this amazing Skin Rescue Blooming Bath Oil – here.

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I just got this in my email and I’m so excited!

It seems like it’s been too long since I’ve had a chance to purchase from JB what with work, product reviews, and all that madness and I can’t think of a better time to purchase some of my favorites!

My favorite face wash from them – the JB Organic Face Wash, which I reviewed here, is likely one I’d pick up again. Some other favorites include their Blemish Clearing Serum (not sure why I haven’t done a review of this one!),  Blemish Clearing Cleanser, Green Apple Peel (Full Strength), Soothing Serum, Oil Free Moisturizer & their Organic Facial Rejuvenating Mask Their Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer is good for dry- combination to dry skin types. Their Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer is also really good! I’ll have to make a mental note to do reviews on all of these or let me know if you want them reviewed!

Anyway, Happy Shopping!

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I saw this super fun tag for fall on ChromaMeSilly and she tagged all of her followers so I thought it’d be a fun one to do as I love fall / winter. I really find it’s just a more enjoyable season, especially considering all of the awesome holidays, cooler weather, and lovely lights!

Question 1.    Favorite Fall lip product?

I really love the Karen Murrell lipsticks! They’re so awesomely natural, super nourishing and they look beautiful too! You can see my review on them – here

Question 2.  Favorite Fall Nail Polish? 
This is a tough one as I’m a bit nail inferior, if you will, but I really love the Karma Organic Hues Nail Polish. You can see the original post I did on them in Summer – here. They have some lovely more Fall / Winter ish colors on their site as well – here. 
Question 3. Favorite Fall Starbucks Drink?
Skinny Cinnamon Dolce with extra ground cinnamon. I’ve kind of become a fan of making my own drinks nowadays though.
Question 4. Favorite Fall Candle? 
Anything Tahitian vanilla!
Question 5.  Favorite Fall Scarf or Accessory? 
My Harry Potter Gryffindor scarf haha.
Question 6. Haunted House, Haunted Hay Ride or Haunted Corn Maze? 
I really love local haunted houses. They’re fun and they have a lot of character since they’re usually done with a low budget!
Question 7. Favorite Halloween Movie? 
Wayyy too many, but some all time favorites include Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, all the Harry Potter films, and the 10th Kingdom. You can see more of my favorites – here. For scarier type horror films, check – here
Question 8. What is your favorite Candy to eat on Halloween?
Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, and Bottle Caps! 
Question 9. What are you dressing up for Halloween?
It’s already passed now and I didn’t dress up 😦 Maybe next year!
Question 10. What is your favorite thing about Fall?
The rain – hands down! I also like the smell of fireplaces in the cold air, wearing boots and scarves, and the fact that it gets darker earlier. I’m something of a night owl. 
I Tag All of You! 
What’s Your Favorite Thing About Fall?

Gentle Face Cleanser + Exfoliant + Moisturizer + Face Mask : Suti’s CLEANSE Organic Facial Cleansing Balm & Muslin Cloth

If you’ve been following along for a bit, you may have seen my original post on Suti Skincare, but if not, you may have seen the reviews I did for their Peppermint Face Toner and Purity Balm Moisturizer, which I also featured as one of my June Beauty Favorites. If not, do check them out! I’ve become such a huge fan of Suti since first trying samples of their stuff a few months back. They are truly one of those organic beauty brands that offer quality products that are also very effective and that is something to be applauded. They’re already one a few awards for their efforts including Best Beauty Newcomer by Sublime Magazine for 2011 and it’s all very well deserved.

Their Organic Cleanse Balm is certainly no different than any of their products in terms of quality. Although you get a modest sized jar, I can fully attest to the fact that a little really actually does go a long way. This will last you several months. It’s a very compact balm in the jar and a dime sized amount easily melts in your hand and onto your face. This is a different kind of cleanser entirely to the typical foam and rinse types; it requires a bit more work, but the payoff is better. You really have to massage this kind of cleanser into your face really well to get the results you want, otherwise this is just oil sitting on your face being useless, albeit really high quality oils. In order to get the full effect, you must massage this into your skin for at least a minute and you can leave it on for 5-20 minutes if you want to get added mask effects. It really deep cleans the pores without being drying to the skin and, when used with the muslin cloth (free when you purchase the Cleanse Balm, BTW!), it exfoliates your skin in an extremely gentle way that doesn’t irritate, just brightens and tones. I really like their muslin cloth as well; it’s unbleached and natural and it’s really quite soft. This one is certainly higher quality than the one from Liz Earle, though both get the job done at any rate.

Aside from being an incredible cleanser, it also really hydrates the skin really well. Amid the scorching heat we’ve been enduring lately, I’ve been using this alone. I did test it with the Purity Balm on cooler days and it worked really well combined with that too, though a bit too moisturizing for the hot, miserably humid days we’ve been experiencing for the past 3 weeks (Ugh.)

The things I truly love about this cleanser are that it is very gentle and includes a lot of healing ingredients. On days when my skin just feels downright abused (like when I feel oily, dirty, but still dry – WTF?), this is an absolutely skin saver. It just feels so nourishing and the nourishing oils sink right into the skin, leaving my skin feeling super soft and supple. I have truly loved this on hot days (believe it or not) because it’s allowed me to combine cleansing with moisturizing and it leaves my skin feeling balanced because I can buff this off my face with warm water and the muslin cloth after massaging it into the skin.

This is definitely a more expensive cleansing balm, but as far as cleansing balms go, this is the best one I’ve ever tried and truly worth the price in my opinion. I know a lot of people don’t like to spend a lot on skincare, but it’s something I think is truly worth investing in because your face is the only one you’ve got and it deserves the best.

Check out the Organic CLEANSE Balm – here!

Check out all Suti Skincare products – here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples sent to me from Suti Skincare for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.

A Few Thoughts Today…

First off, I watched the season 2 premiere of NBC’s Grimm last night and it’s been amazing as usual! They have such an incredible cast and I’m so excited for another season of this show that has been phenomenal, but seriously, “To Be Continued”?

OMG I CANNOT TAKE THE SUSPENSE!

Haha, okay I know, they need to do that to hold interest, but it seriously pisses me off when shows do that!

end /rant.

WHAT?! Spices Girls Perform the Olympics?!

Special thanks to it’s marie claire for writing this post otherwise I would not have even known about the Spice Girls closing the Olympics and, as she said, the 8 year old in me would’ve been devastated! I also think it’s worth mentioning that, as awesome as the shows can be on NBC (Grimm, Heroes, etc.), their totally and completely bias news coverage of the Olympics just disgusted me. We, as Americans, have missed so much of the actual Olympics because they’ve been censoring them so horribly. I’ve taken to online streams and UK outlets just to actually see what’s been happening. So thanks for awesome shows NBC, but you’re pissing me off lately. Stop being D-bags. Thanks!

Lastly, I’m beginning a new workout regimen today.

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know I’ve been jogging and walking about 12-18 miles a week and I’ve decided to add a separate workout on top of that.

It’s been inspired by my current film obsession and it’s awesome soundtrack by the incredible Hans Zimmer: The Dark Knight Rises.

After seeing Christian Bale doing so many crunches, push ups, pull ups, etc. to such epic scores, I’ve decided to devise my own workout plan using nothing but my own body weight.

I have a pretty small room which I can workout in (not much larger than the “Hell on Earth prison cell” in DKR, sadly) and there’s not much room for weights or machines so that’s my other reason behind the no-weights type workout regimen.

I’m drawing up the plan today, but let me know in the comments if there’s any interest in me posting what my plan is (if anyone has a space issue similar to me and wants to use only their own body to build muscle as well).

Also, feel free to share your thoughts for today in the comments as well; I’d love to know what’s on your mind!

Lust List: Stuff I’m Drooling Over This Week!

As I’m sure you all know by now, I have a bit of an online window shopping problem. It’s not that I actually shop, it’s just that I like to browse a little too much.

Anyhow, so I’m at one with my issues. Don’t judge!

LOL. I hope you enjoy browsing all the goodies on my Lust List this week!

Hearthstone Soap from GeekSoap; $6 USD

3 pack of sphere shaped glass hanging terrariums, and your choice of moss, desk garden, DIY

3 Pack Sphere Glass Hanging Terrariums; $40 USD

The Bat Scrub Bar; $5.50 USD

Trouser Style Skinny Sweats

Trouser Style Skinny Sweats; $80 USD

Dr Vranjes Orion Profumo; $180 USD

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Chantecaille Gel Liner Pencil; $32 USD

ON SALE It's a Pleasure Pencil Skirt

It’s A Pleasure Pencil Skirt; $25 USD

Chantecaille Future Skin Camomile; $72 USD

Mr. Darcy's Proposal. LARGE Ladies' Racerback Tank in Cranberry

Mr. Darcy’s Proposal Racerbank Tank; $23 USD

Magnolia Brightening and Firming Face Mask 10 Pcs.; $23 USD

Tea Tree Oil Out Blackhead Remover; $15 USD

Long, asymmetrical black jacket with oversize collar, pocket and metal zip - Fall/Winter 2011/12 - Joan Jacket - ready to ship

Asymmetrical Black Jacket; $148 USD

Tea Tree Oil Out Peeling Gel; $18.50 USD

p-ss off eye quilt MATURE

Piss Off Eye Mask;$24 USD

Living Nature Thickening Mascara; $29 USD

Teal & Nautical Stripes Tiny Twist Multi-FUN-ctional Brazilian Bikini

Teal & Nautical Stripes Bikini; $28.50 USD

13ml

Firming Flax Serum by Living Nature; $47 USD

Premium Shower Filter - New Wave Enviro

50ml

Living Nature Soothing Manuka Gel; $39 USD

Lip Plumper AND Cheek Stain Vegan ALL NATURAL

Bohemian Beetnik Vegan Lip Plumper & Cheek Stain Duo; $20.99 USD

Check Out My Past Lust Lists:

http://storybookapothecary.com/2012/06/20/lust-list-10-natural-beauty-products-that-i-recently-discovered-and-im-dying-to-try/

http://storybookapothecary.com/2012/06/13/wednesday-lust-list-more-summer-beauty-products-im-dying-to-try/

http://storybookapothecary.com/2012/06/07/beauty-wish-list-for-june/

http://storybookapothecary.com/2012/07/19/lust-list-beauty-beauty-beauty-beauty-rockin-everywhere/

Post You May Have Missed In The Past Week Or So!

It’s time for another one of these posts!

I have been blogging pretty furiously for the past few weeks so I know it’s easy to miss what I post on.

That being said, I hope this helps!

Here’s What I’ve Been Up To: 

Discovered A New Natural Beauty Box Subscription! 

Lip & Cheek Natural Love!

My Top 25 Recommended Films + Asian Dramas to Watch!

Feminine Fragrance from Juliette Has a Gun!

New Header + Blog Buttons!

Natural Creamy Cleanser + Easy Exfoliation!

My Current Beauty / Fitness Playlist!

Get the SA Fairest of Them All Healing Face Powders 2 for $20! 

Tap Into Ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine with WEI Beauty!

Check out My Friend’s New Beauty Blog!

SteamCream Is Awesome & Beautiful!

WFBC Featured Blog of the Month!

Extensive Guide for Achieving Clear, Blemish Free Skin!

New Goals for August! 

Keep Cool In This Heat with Suti’s Peppermint Water Facial Toner

If you’ve been following along for awhile now, you’ll know how much I’ve come to love Suti Skincare. Ever since they sent me mini samples a few months ago, I’ve been a serious convert of their products. After all, they’re made with all natural and organic ingredients, quality packaging and their products are above all, effective.

So, when they agreed to send me more products for review, of course I said yes!

This is one of the awesome products they’ve sent me that has seriously been a godsend. I was actually complaining about the unbearable heat in an email to one of their lovely reps when she agreed to send this to me!

I cannot thank her enough! Seriously, this toner is so cooling given the peppermint in it, plus it comes in a very convenient spray bottle that I keep in my purse for every hour on the hour that I’m guaranteed to be sweating. Did I mention my office has no AC? We have a very large glorified fan that manages to cool down the hallway and little else, but this toner has been doing all the work to keep me from dying of heat overload. Not only that, but it helps to calm redness and irritation so I’ve been using it at night to help get rid of 2 spots that popped up when the weather took a turn for the worse (105 degrees F here today!). It’s meant for combination to oily skin types, but I actually think anyone with any skin type could use this one. It is gentle, calming and doesn’t have any added fragrance so the scent of peppermint is just barely discernible. The effects, on the other hand, are subtle yet immediately cooling and calming.

All in all, a seriously awesome product made with only the best ingredients – pure organic peppermint leaf water.

It’s pretty pricey at £18.00 (approx. $36 USD), but you do get a fair amount of product (100mL) and it really does last you.

Check it out – here!

See Suti Skincare’s full line of products – here!

You can also learn more about their ingredients – here.

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Suti Skincare for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Related Articles : 

http://storybookapothecary.com/2012/06/12/suti-skincare-mini-sample-reviews/

http://storybookapothecary.com/2012/07/08/suti-skincares-purity-balm-review/

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Normally priced at $15 each, for a limited time, Storybook Apothecary readers can get 2 full sized powders for only $20 !

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